Anthony Rizzo Made Contact With The Catcher And Everyone Is Going Nuts About It

San Diego Padres v Chicago Cubs

We had our first real collision at home plate, since they changed the rule that you couldn’t take out the catcher anymore, and everyone is losing their dang minds. The Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo was trying to score from thirdbase on a fly ball the other night in their game vs the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field. It was a bang bang play at the plate and Rizzo inadvertently collided with the Padres catcher Austin Hedges. Hedges appeared as if he was blocking home plate so Rizzo had nowhere else to go. But some people aren’t too happy with Rizzo’s non-effort to avoid making contact with the catcher. Hedges ended up having to leave the game with a bruised thigh as a result of the collision and Rizzo escaped with just a warning. Was the slide by Rizzo dirty? I’ll let you be the judge.

Let’s see what people were saying about the first collision at home plate since the rule was changed.

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I guess it just depends on what side of the fence you're on. If you're a Padres fan you think it was a dirty play by Rizzo. If you're a Cubs fan you think that it was a clean slide. However, that one picture doesn't bode so well for the Cubs case. Also Rizzo's slide did violate Rule 7.13 which states.

(1) A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate). If, in the judgment of the Umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the Umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball). In such circumstances, the Umpire shall call the ball dead, and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the collision.

So technically, according to the rule, Rizzo's slide was illegal. In any case, the play has got people talking about it so much that it has been now coined "the collision heard 'round Wrigleyville."

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